John Zimmerman

Instructor of American Studies and Humanities


Joined NCSSM in July 2022

John Zimmerman came to the NCSSM-Morganton Humanities faculty as a Morganton native. Before joining NCSSM, John taught humanities for two years at local Freedom High School before moving to the newly-opening Patton High School (also in Morganton) as a charter faculty member. John taught at Patton for 15 years and was at different times the English Department head, the advanced placement coordinator, and chair of Humanities. Having taught an array of courses, John’s academic interests focus on early American studies, 20th Century American fiction, Southernism, and film. John is also deeply interested in curriculum design and teacher leadership. Publications and presentations include “Aristotle Reclaimed” in the Journal School Public Relations, NCTE conference talks on censorship, college preparation, designing writing curriculum, and teacher leadership, in addition to chairing, hosting, and speaking at regional and state-level conferences such as those platformed by the Northwest RESA and the North Carolina English Teachers Association, of which John is a past Board of Directors member. John is the co-founder and CEO & Board Chair of North Carolina nonprofit Casting for Hope, which serves women and families in NC battling gynecological cancers. When not teaching, John is usually in Europe—traveling both personally and touring students, teachers, and casual travelers through the UK, France, and Italy specifically—or in a trout stream with a fly rod and his trusty companion yellow Lab, Caedmon (named after the “first among the English to make verses” according to his memorial stone in Westminster Abbey!).

BA, English, UNC-Greensboro
MA, English, Education, Appalachian State University